NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Atlanta
(Monday, February 27th)
Final Score: Atlanta 104, New Jersey 102 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Al Harrington poured in 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 104-102 overtime win over the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena.
Josh Smith contributed 19 points, nine boards, five assists and four blocks and Joe Johnson had 19 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, who have won two of their last three games and snapped a four-game losing streak to New Jersey.
"The young guys stepped up," said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson. "Josh Smith made two big shots. He missed a couple and then he stepped up and made the big plays when we needed them. It was a team effort all the way across the board. It's fun playing games like this when you have a chance to win."
Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson each netted 22 and Nenad Krstic added 21 points and eight rebounds in the loss, New Jersey's second in a row. Jason Kidd chipped in with 19 points, 17 assists, nine boards and four steals.
After Salim Stoudamire's trey gave Atlanta a 76-72 lead, the Nets responded with a 10-5 run -- capped by Krstic's jumper with 7:39 to play -- to give the Nets an 82-81 lead, their first since the end of the first period.
The Hawks reclaimed the lead, 89-85, by scoring eight of the next 11 points. New Jersey fought back with a 9-3 streak, highlighted by Krstic's jump shot, which gave the Nets a 93-92 edge. Moments later, Kidd extended the lead to 94-92 by hitting 1-of-2 from the line.
However, Smith's jumper from the corner tied the game at 94-94 with 4.9 seconds to play. Carter had a chance to win the game, but he fumbled the inbounds pass and his shot from well beyond the arc bounced off the glass.
The Nets jumped out to a 98-94 lead after jumpers from Krstic and Kidd, but Atlanta regained the lead, 99-98, behind Harrington's bucket and a three- pointer from Josh Childress with 2:46 to play in the extra session.
Smith's jumper from just inside the arc extended the led to 104-100 with 33.9 seconds remaining.
"Coach has put confidence in me," said Smith. "He knows I've been working on my jump shot, so he doesn't have a problem with me taking it."
Carter then backed his man in the paint and drained a layup, and the Nets played solid defense on the other end to force a shot clock violation.
Carter once again had a chance to win the game, but his long-distance shot rimmed out. Krstic grabbed the rebound and tried to tie the game with a tip- in, but his try also rimmed out.
The Nets led 24-22 after 12 minutes of play but shoddy defense in the second quarter produced open shots for the Hawks, who capitalized by outscoring New Jersey 24-13, and led 46-37 at the break.
Harrington's layup gave the Hawks a 50-39 margin, but the Nets countered with an 11-5 run, including a pair of treys from Carter, to narrow the gap to 55-50.
The Nets pulled to within one on a few occasions by shooting 9-of-18 in the third quarter, but Johnson's floater with under 10 ticks remaining pushed the lead to 73-70 heading into the final frame.
Stoudamire scored 10 points in his return from a team-imposed two- game suspension...Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia had 14 points and 12 boards... New Jersey had a three-game road winning streak snapped...Atlanta is 3-1 in overtime, while the Nets are 2-1 with the extra period.
02/27 23:12:41 ET